On November 22, 2013, we experienced the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. The buzz surrounding the social media circles that I follow centered around several JFK quotes: “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country,” and “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them!”
It is in moments like these that I saw hope for the country and felt a sense of civility that seemed to be returning towards our fellow man. I heard and read various conversations about how we should reach out to help hose in need such as: like those in our country that wake up and go to bed hungry and that have no place to call “home” because they are homeless. But for some, almost as quick as those words were uttered they were forgotten!
The opinions and statements that I want to discuss here today should not be tied into what political party you are affiliated with (so please do not make this into a political platform) because I feel it is about how some of us view money and material things over people! This last week I have witnessed and seen some pretty scary attitudes that are plaguing our country. People have lost the ideal that we should respect the opinions of others without bashing them for their beliefs such as: the people that shop on Thanksgiving and/or Black Friday are part of the problem with this country. In some ways that might be true, however, there are many folks out there that can only afford presents for their children and families if they shop during those times because of the “HUGE” savings passed on the consumers. When you have not walked in another person’s shoes, it is easy to say how they are part of the problem and not the solution.
So less than one week after all the niceties were uttered we have the nastiness that surrounds the upcoming holiday season! People bashing others for shopping on Thanksgiving/Black Friday, the loss of compassion over the huge issue of homelessness in this country, the total disregard for human life, the value of a celebrity’s life held at a higher regard than another person’s life, and I could go on….
When did we become a society that has so little value on a human life? In just one instance, a man lost his life just because he was doing his job at a WalMart in Long Island and people were in such a frenzy over saving a few dollars on some electronics that they did NOT or chose NOT to notice that they crushed a person to death! The NYDailynews.com stated, “When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since Friday morning,” witness Kimberly Cribbs said. “They kept shopping.” (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/worker-dies-long-island-wal-mart-trampled-black-friday-stampede-article-1.334059)
I, personally, do not put a huge value on material possessions because where I live, what I drive, and what I wear should NOT define me as person!! I am saddened by what I have seen on the news and social media and it breaks my heart to know that more tears have been shed over a celebrity’s death than the 4 children that are killed everyday by abuse and/or neglect in the US (http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/each-day-in-america.html).
Things have to change!! There NEEDS to be value put back on everyone’s lives…How and what can we do to help make this change??? How do we make people understand that a life is MUCH more important than a material object?